Conferences are a fantastic way to not only learn, but also enjoy the sights of a city that isn’t your home. And when it comes to incredible sights, Vancouver is full of them.
ThoughtSummit is a two-day conference happening from May 13th to 14th. Many of our past attendees and speakers added a day or two on their trip to enjoy this amazing city. If possible, we highly recommend you do the same.
There is no shortage of websites detailing the top things to do or see in Vancouver. But recommendations are always better when they have a personal touch. So, we asked some of our employees what their favorite parts of the city are, so you can experience Vancouver like a local.
- “Driving the Sea-to-Sky is unlike anything I’d ever seen. Doing that drive the first time left me like ‘wow BC is beautiful!’” Anne Buchan, Graphic Designer
- “I love the Commercial Drive area. It’s edgy, diverse, has great food, and has some great antique shops.” Kelly Batke, Senior Content Manager
- “My favorite thing to do is eat breakfast at The Breakfast Table.” Geoff Gordon, Project Manager
- “Walk along Main Street, pop into the boutique shops and support local designers. After working up an appetite, stop into The Locus for brunch or a late lunch. Also, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is a little piece of horticulture heaven. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon outdoors.” Christie Atkins, Marketing Manager
- “When I’m not walking or driving to the next restaurant, a daytime stroll down Kitsilano’s trendy 4th Avenue reminds me that there’s more to Vancouver than great food.” Wil Arndt, Creative Director
- “I love strolling, shopping, and enjoying the mural art in Mount Pleasant. I also enjoy hiking in Deep Cove or Squamish.” Sophie Repussard, Software Tester
- “Is there something to do other than eat? My favorite spots are St Lawrence Restaurant, Savio Volpe, and Les Faux Borgeois.” Lawrence Chan, Business Analyst
- “I am also all about the food. I highly recommend Phnom Penh.” Amol Gill, Director of Sales
- “I always enjoy heading up to Queen Elizabeth Park. It has some of the best views of the city as well as a beautiful indoor tropical garden (Bloedel Conservatory).” Ian Blake, Director of Marketing
And for those of you requiring a bit more detail, here is some further information on sights to see in Vancouver, and places to eat:
Sightseeing in Vancouver
- Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden in the heart of Chinatown is beautiful. A nice quiet spot amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown.
- Stanley Park, by pedal, foot, or rollerblades.
Craft beer fanatic? Self-proclaimed foodie?
Granville Island is home to a spectacular indoor food market and an array of great restaurants. Plus, visitors can take the AquaBus ferry ride, which is an attraction all on its own.
Need some “me” time?
If you're looking for some tranquility after all of the learning and networking, you could visit any one of the hundreds of Yoga studios dotted around the city. YYoga, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, or One Yoga for the People, just to name a few.
Indulge your inner artist
The Vancouver Art Gallery always has something fun going on. Whether it's local artists or popular touring exhibits, there is sure to be something for every art enthusiast.
Discover Canada from a unique perspective
See Canada's most spectacular sights through an amazing virtual flight ride. FlyOver Canada is great for both Canadians and our international friends.
Sightseeing around Vancouver
- Take a Sea Kayaking trip in Deep Cove or off of Jericho Beach
- Hike Lynn Canyon
- Rent Speed Boats for the day from Sewells
- Hike the Stawamus Chief in Squamish and enjoy spectacular views from the top
- Ride the Sea-to-Sky Gondola
- Visit Grouse Mountain
Vancouver restaurants & cuisines
- Belgian-Morrocan: Chambar
- West Coast: Hawksworth
- Italian-Japanese: Kissa Tanto
- Mexican: La Taquería
- Italian: Nicli Antica Pizzeria
- Japanese (Ramen): Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
- Japanese (Sushi): Miku
- Indian: Vij's
- Italian: Ask For Luigi
- Thai: Maenam
- Korean: Sura
- Spanish: Bodega
- Drinks & Cocktails: Prohibition Bar
Eager to experience all that Vancouver has to offer AND learn about intranets? Purchase your tickets to ThoughtSummit now.
Have questions? Get in touch! We're always happy to hear from you.